Bellmar Princess Weekend

mrbrklyn

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Wild Sunday on the Jersey Shore

So what do you do in NYC when the theaters are all still closed and no jazz Clubs are open? You head for the Jersey Shore and do some fishing. I packed up 4 rods, a cooler, kosher fried chicken, and some tackle and took the 11:07PM train to Bellmar, which arrived at the docks at 1:05AM. I went to the boat and tossed my gear on the deck, then followed the dock to the beautiful bar and dining facilities that was still roaring like the 1920's. I had a few beers, and at 3:00AM walked down the beach, which was quite busy with walkers on the boardwalk. It's a nice little beach, nothing like Coney, Island, but clean, and well maintained, and the police station is right on the boardwalk.


I turned around, headed by to the docks and stopped at the 24/7 7-11, picked up some water and soda, and headed back to the Bellmar Princess, which is the boat I was booked for. To my surprise, there was already dozens of people jockeying about for the best spots on a variety of the boats. I nodded for about 2 hours, when a mate showed up at the boat, about 5:30AM. We exchanged greetings and I took a choice spot on the stern of the boat, in the starboard corner. By 7:30AM the boat where decently packed, within the COVID-19 regulations. The boat was scheduled for blue fishing, and a Mexican family boarded the boat with young children and loaded with jigs with treble hooks. They caught a lot of blue fish, but children and treble hooks is a deadly combination. Sure enough, a 2 year old daughter got a treble hook in her hand which the mates needed to cut into pieces to remove from her hand. It is extremely stupid to allow children on the deck with swinging jigs, especially treble hooks, and this situation could easily been much worst, and it wasn't pretty to begin with to hear the child screaming and the mates gathers around her trying to remain calm until the situation, fortunately, resolved. The Mate on the Bellmar Pricess, Billy, is an experienced on salt dog and experienced with hook injuries, with the skill of a nurse. He is the reason I return to this boat again and again.


Despite the hysterics, I had a good time using my new stick, a Hercules Seeker, outfitted by Michael Chow. It was the first time I had used it and it has a new Fuji Painted book seat holder. I fitted it with my faster Torque 12 Star drag, and the reel didn't sit well in the housing. It got loose with a fish on, which could be disturbing. Bill brought over a pipe pliers and tightened the reel to the seat. I will need to look at this more closely. It seems that the paint is interfering with the seating's. I'll see what happens going forward. I still took in 4 blue fish and dropped many more. This boat is high off the water and this new rod had bring spring in it. Blues popped off and the pole recoiled twice on my before I finally started to learn the pole and get things under control.


The boat had a lot of blue fish, some Spanish mackerel, albacore, and then we switched off to bottom fishing. That is a skill I know well, and I hit multiple Black Sea bass, and a very nice ling. Overall, I have a lovely take and my bottom fishing was the envy of the boat. I shared a few fish which soothed ruffled feathers, and then we headed home.

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Bellmar's party boats in the Shark River estuary, and when I arrived at the docks, it was high tide and the water level almost up to the dock. I'd never seen that before and it seems like a guaranteed way to get flooding. The piers at Sheepshead Bay are several feet below the average high tide and you need to step down the stairs to reach the boat. It makes it a little harder to get on the boat, but it is much safer for the community, which will suffer from periodic flooding. The boats are also backed into the dock, a difficult maneuver in my eyes, but it makes boarding very easy. The estuary is behind 3 draw bridges and when the boats leave in the morning, they do so in a parade, until there reach the open ocean. Along the parade route are many homes, and fancy edifices, and lot of small boats enjoying the water. Check out the morning parade out of Bellmar:


Boats heading out to the ocean in the morning from Bellmar, NJ
There also seems to be a ritual parade of dogs at the Dock in the morning. I've seen this before, and it seems almost like a fishing dock tradition that the local dog walkers can bring there dogs to the docks in the morning and Fido get a treat.


Its a dogs life - every moring at the Bellmar Docks
Overall, this was a terrific Sunday trip, and much better than the zoo that exists on Sheepshead Bay. Conversation was easy, and drinking was moderated. The Cabin on the Miss Bellmar is enormous and air conditioned. More than a few passengers spent there day cooling of in the cabin. The upper deck is a lounging area and some children were up there, with mom, kids, and young adults sunning themselves. While all that was going on, the boat was sailing in the Klondikes, and we were clobbering the blue fish. Over 100 Blues come on the boat. And even the captain as impressed with the fish.

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Spanish Mackerel on the Miss Bellmar
At about 3PM we arrived back in port. I grabbed my gear and ran off to the railroad station. At about 3:40PM, the train arrived and at about 5:50, I was at Penn Station. I looked at my watched and realized I could take a cab from Penn Station, directly to Pier 6 on Emmons Avenue, and enjoy an additional night of fishing. And I did just that. We hailed a cab, and headed through the tunnel, up the Prospect, and down Ocean Avenue to reach the docks at 6:41PM, more than 15 minutes before the Marilyn Jean IV was ready to pull out for its night trip. That night trip itself one one for the ages.



 
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hagridfish

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Thanks for a great report. I haven't fished the east coast in YEARS!!!! In favor of the long range action out of SanDiego. But now that I'm retired, once this COVID stuff settles down, I may have to give it a try again.
 
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Easters,
Is it true that a lot of party boats in the NYC area keep the fish you catch? That in order to get your fish, you have to pay the boat the price they'd get if they sold them? Or is this an old wives tale?
Thanks for the info.
Every area has it's own rules, and I heard this story.
 
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mrbrklyn

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Easters,
Is it true that a lot of party boats in the NYC area keep the fish you catch? That in order to get your fish, you have to pay the boat the price they'd get if they sold them? Or is this an old wives tale?
Thanks for the info.
Every area has it's own rules, and I heard this story.
Never heard what you wrote. Fish are owned by the cutomers who catch them.
 
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hagridfish

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Easters,
Is it true that a lot of party boats in the NYC area keep the fish you catch? That in order to get your fish, you have to pay the boat the price they'd get if they sold them? Or is this an old wives tale?
Thanks for the info.
Every area has it's own rules, and I heard this story.
Your thinking of the 6 pack boats going out for tuna etc... on the open party boats you keep what you catch. and if the game warden checks, it's your responsibility!
 
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